Saturday, 6 July 2013

Liverpool - River Side

I arrived Liverpool by train in the early afternoon. I had decided to go for Bed & Breakfast and checked in at Pat´s Guest House in Kirkdale. After having brought luggage and cycle inside I took the bus down to city and went for a walk along the River Mersey.

The Royal Liver Building was built 1908 to 1911. It was built as the headquarter of the Royal Liver Friendly Society which was established in 1850. It is stylisticaly uniqe in Britain and was one of the first buildings in the world to be constructed using reinforced concrete. There are two birds on its top called the liverbirds.
The Port of Liverpool Building (above) was built 1904 - 1907, and made of Portland stone. In 1898 the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board closed and filled in George´s Dock, keeping the southerly portion of the site for their new headquarters. On completition, in 1907, the Port of Liverpool Building accommodated all of the Board´s stuff. The port authority used the building until 1994  when they relocated to Seaforth Dock.

The Cunard Building (right) was built from 1914-1917 in Portland stone. In 1914 the Cunard Steamship Company commissioned the construction of a new headquarters building on the Pier Head. As well as housing company offices, the building acted as the main terminal for Cunard passengers with first, second and third class waiting rooms. Cunard continued to use the building until the 1960s when they relocated to Southampton.

The Museum of Liverpool was built in 2007 - 2010, it has a steel frame with jura stone cladding. It is the largest newly-built national museum in the UK for over a hundred years. The museum is built on the site of the Manchester Dock, which was infilled in 1929. A large archaeological dig took place before construction started, unearthing important evidence of the 18th century dock.
All the museum in Liverpool has free entrance, so I decided to that on the next rainy day.

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